∗A resource guide providing inmate, bail and visiting information for the Beverly Hills Jail and Police Department
The Beverly Hills Jail and Police Department serves as a booking station and temporary holding facility for all individuals arrested within the city of Beverly Hills. Arrestees are generally only held at this facility for a few days until they
- are released on their own recognizance (commonly referred to as "O.R." release),
- are bailed out, or
- appear for their arraignment.
This means that the jail facility does not offer any "inmate services" such as counseling, a commissary, a gym, etc. Inmates are only incarcerated in the Beverly Hills Jail for a very brief period of time.
Our experienced Beverly Hills criminal defense lawyers can help you get your loved one released and home as quickly as possible. We can help you determine the charges, bail amount, next court date and arrange the best strategy for fighting the case.
In this article, our Beverly Hills criminal defense attorneys1 will explain the following:
If, after reading this article, you would like more information, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group.
A person who is arrested within the city of Beverly Hills will most likely be taken to the Beverly Hills Jail and Police station to be booked and/or temporarily held in a jail cell. Depending on the crime for which he/she was arrested, it is likely that the suspect will not be released from jail unless and until he/she posts bail or appears at his/her arraignment.
If the arrestee cannot or does not "bail out" before his/her first court appearance, male inmates will be transferred to a county jail such as the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail, the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility or the Pitchess Detention Center (also known as Wayside) immediately following that initial court appearance. Female inmates will be transferred to the Century Regional Detention Facility (also known as Lynwood).
"Bail" is money that represents the inmate's promise that he/she will appear in court upon his/her release from jail. The amount of bail depends on two factors: the location of the alleged offense and the offense itself. The Beverly Hills Jail is under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Bail Schedule.
Once bail has been set, anyone may "post bail" for the inmate to release him/her from jail. You may do so directly at the jail which is located at464 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Their telephone numbers are (310) 285-2100 or (310) 285-2184. Bail may be posted in the facility 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
The Beverly Hills Jail accepts two forms of bail: (1) cash bail and (2) bail bonds (both of which are briefly described below but are discussed in much greater detail in our article on How to Post Bail in California).
If you elect to post cash bail, you must post the full amount. Once you post cash bail, the inmate is released pending his/her arraignment. If the inmate attends his/her court appearances, the bail will ultimately be returned, minus a small administrative fee. If he/she does not, the defendant forfeits the money to the court.
It is often a good idea to speak with a skilled Beverly Hills criminal defense attorney who can schedule a bail hearing to argue that the bail should be reduced or eliminated in its entirety.
Posting a bail bond is the most common way to bail someone out of jail. You obtain a bail bond from a bail bondsman (aka a bail agent). Instead of paying the full bail amount, you are only required to pay the bondsman a maximum 10% of the total bail amount. But there is a catch - that 10% is nonrefundable. If the defendant makes all of his/her court appearances, you pay nothing more. If he/she doesn't, you will be liable for repaying the entire bail amount.
You can search for bail bondsmen via the Internet or in the phone book. Be sure to ask for a business license and retain copies of all documents for your records.
∗NOTE: Once you post bail, you should immediately consult with a savvy Beverly Hills criminal defense lawyer who can help devise the most effective legal defense to help your loved one fight his/her case.
In order to obtain information about an inmate in the Beverly Hills Jail, you can contact the jail directly at (310) 285-2100 or (310) 285-2184. You can also look up inmate information online through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's "Inmate Information" website.
Before a deputy will release information, you must provide the inmate's correct full legal name or their booking number.
Typically, inmates who are being held in custody must be arraigned within two (2) days of being arrested. At that point, the judge will either continue the arraignment or will set the case for a pre-trial hearing. If you wish to look up the case information and/or upcoming court dates for an inmate being housed at the Beverly Hills Jail, visit the Los Angeles County case information website.
Inmates at the Beverly Hills Jail are not permitted to receive incoming calls. They do, however, have access to telephones and may place an unlimited amount of collect calls. Due to the fact that inmates at this facility are not incarcerated long enough to receive mail, you may not send or provide calling cards to the inmates.
You may, however, contact an inmate in person during the jail's visiting hours (discussed below under the next section Visiting Hours and Policies).
Inmates who are incarcerated at the Beverly Hills Jail may receive visitors but only in strict compliance with the jail's visiting hours and visitor policies.
Inmates may enjoy one (1) visit per day, with no more than two (2) adults and one (1) child (accompanied by a legal parent or guardian) at any given time. Visits are limited to 30 minutes each. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 11:30pm and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each visitor (which includes a member of the clergy) must present a government issued photo identification card before he/she will be permitted to visit with an inmate. Examples of proper I.D. include
- a California driver's license or identification card,
- a U.S. Passport,
- an alien registration card, or
- a U.S. military card.
Individuals who were incarcerated at the Beverly Hills Jail within the last six (6) months are not permitted to visit the facility. Similarly, individuals with outstanding warrants or who are on parole may not visit inmates...and, depending on the circumstances...may even subject themselves to being arrested on the spot.
All visitors are subject to a search of their person and property. Anyone in possession of illegal contraband is subject to arrest. Finally, the Beverly Hills Jail deputies have the right to refuse visiting privileges to anyone they believe may pose a threat to the security of the staff or inmates.
Attorneys and bail bondsmen are allowed unrestricted access and may visit inmates 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
When an inmate is booked into the Beverly Hills Jail, his/her money and/or property are collected and stored. Once the inmate is released, the police will return that property. If, for whatever reason, the inmate would like someone else to pick up his/her property before he/she is released, the inmate can sign a "release form" which designates an individual to receive that property.
If you are notified that an inmate would like to you pick up his/her property, bring one of the types of identification noted above under Section 4. Visiting Hours and Policies directly to the jail facility, and the property will be given to you.
So far, everything we've said about the Beverly Hills Jail indicates that it is only a temporary holding facility. And for the most part, that is a true statement. However, the jail does offer a program known as the "pay to stay" program.
The Beverly Hills Jail "pay to stay" program provides an alternative to serving a jail sentence in a county facility. Those who "pay" $110 per day are permitted to "stay" in a private cell. Pay to stay inmates are in their own cell block and only share common areas with other pay to stay inmates.
In addition to the obvious benefit of having a private cell and being kept separate from the "general population" of county jail, the pay to stay program allows inmates to serve their time
- in a consecutive manner (that is, serving the sentence in its entirety),
- only on the weekends until the entire sentence has been served, or
- at night after they return from work (a program known as work furlough).
There are a variety of rules and regulations that a convicted defendant must meet before he/she is eligible to participate in this program. And even if he/she is otherwise eligible, the judge must agree to allow the defendant to participate.
And the rules/regulations that apply to pay to stay inmates are different from those that apply to the inmates who are brought in following their arrest. These rules apply to visiting hours, having money in the facility, bringing in their own food, etc. As a result, it is best to call the jail directly at (310) 285-2100 or (310) 285-2184 for any specific questions about contacting or visiting a pay to stay inmate.
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1Our Beverly Hills criminal defense attorneys' offices are located at 468 N. Camden Drive, Suite 300, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Our telephone number is (310) 385-7895. In addition, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have local law offices in Burbank, Glendale, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.